Bursa Tourism

Beautifully spread in the northwestern part of turkey, Bursa is the fourth largest metropolis in the country and is ultimate destination for travelers who are fond of unique architecture and distinguished artistry. The place has a lot to offer with its beautiful mosques, silk-filled bazaars and thermal spa baths. The city embodies a quiet, serene charm which makes it all more appealing for the wandering spirituals who wish to have a moment of their own and introspect. Not to forget the architectural marvels build during the ottoman empire which totally speaks of its historical beauty and the cultural richness enough to leave a lasting impression on anyone’s mind.

Speaking of the Bursa’s history, the place has an interesting story to tell. Originally ruled by Byzantines, the city was captured and was taken control over by the Ottomans in 1326 which was a relatively small emirate by then. It was the first city that had been captured by them, and hence was declared the first capital city of the Magnificent Ottoman Empire. Traditionally it was referred as Hüdavendigar subtly translates into ‘God’s gift’ by Ottomans. Later the capital was moved as their sultan became more interested in conquering Europe yet it would be fairly right to say that the place still exhibits the remanence of that era.

For a tourist wishing to experience a cultural outpour can always find his delight in the old lanes of the town. The tranquility that the city exhibits can also be attributed to the vast greenery, the parks and the varied forests that has surrounded its urban fabric rightly providing it its new nickname- YeÃ…Ÿil Bursa (Green Bursa). Apart from these, Bursa is close to Uludag, one of the highest mountains in Turkey which is a major attraction among tourists as the winter sports center of Turkey. One looking for a fine dose of adventure can always visit to the popular ski resort of Mount Ulludag and then later relish some moment of joy in the warm natural mineral water springs that the place has been renowned for. Visit Bursa for a enthralling experience and avail all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit.

Essential travel information and Bursa tips for your visit

General:

  • Time zone: UTC 02:00
  • Currency: Turkish Lira (TRY)
  • Electricity and Internet: Internet is cheap and easily available in the country. Though the connectivity might not be that reliable, it is sufficient for regular use.
  • Languages: Turkish

Security:

  • Police: 155
  • Ambulance: 112
  • Fire: 110
  • Coastguard: 158

Customs:

  • Smoking is prohibited on public transport and public places.
  • Dress modestly (cover your heads and hands) while visiting significant places such as Mosques, tombs and other religious places.

Tipping:

  • Keep all the required documents such an e-print of Visa, ID and Passport with you.
  • The Turkish people are very earnest about their customs and would expect you to respect them.
  • Refrain from showing public display of affection as it is not considered to a be social norm in Bursa.
  • Know the pollution level of Bursa before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 41.35 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 32.5 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 34.52 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 35.23 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 30.68 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 23.86 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 28.13 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 23.81 (Low)
  • How safe is Bursa for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Bursa.

    • Burglary and Theft 25.76 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 23.48 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 16.29 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 29.55 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 19.32 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 23.85 (Low)
    • Attacks 24.62 (Low)
    • Drug offense 26.52 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 86.36 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 70.08 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 23.46 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 17.8 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Bursa is 165.09 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 76.42 (High)
    • Climate Index 93.39 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 40.65 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 34.9 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 34.64 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 79.35 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 5.86 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 44.73 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Bursa

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.15 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.74 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 18.92 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 66.08 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 33.56 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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